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The London Stationery Show 2018 took place at the Business Design Centre, London on April 24-25. Now in its eighth year, it provides a forum where buyers and retailers can see the biggest brands alongside start-ups and up-and-coming designers. Here are a few of the products that caught the eye of stationery lover Tayla Ansell

Fun filing

Campervan box files
Campervan box files

Pukka Pads displayed new additions to its Metallic range of notebooks and pads, including A4 and B5 project books and a new B5 size jotter. The range is twin wire-bound, with 80gsm, 8mm lined paper. Project books also include colour coded, re-positionable dividers. In addition, Pukka Pads was showing new Campervan Box Files, which, when lined up on a shelf, create the image of a campervan.

Popular pens

Pentel’s EnerGel Xm Retractable pen is now available in 12 vibrant ink colours (black, red, blue green, brown, orange, pink, sky blue, violet, turquoise, lime green and blue/black), giving users more choice for colour-coding, drawing and journaling. Its liquid gel ink is smooth-flowing and quick-drying, producing smudge-free results for both right and left-handed users. Pentel was also showing its successful Hybrid Dual Metallic pen range, which achieved sales of more than a quarter of a million pens in its first year. The gel pens use a special combination of pigment dye and glitter to produce two different colours at once.

Handy dispenser

Hand-held tape dispenser
Hand-held tape dispenser

Show debutante TapePal was demonstrating a hand-held tape dispenser that attaches to a roll of 25mm wide sticky tape. Unlike bulky desktop dispensers, TapePal is compact and easy to store in a drawer when not in use. It’s also a more sustainable option than small plastic dispensers that are thrown away when the tape runs out.

Brand refresh

PostSafe has been the market leader in the polythene envelope sector for 40 years and has recently updated the brand with a rejuvenated leadership team and fresh new branding. It used LSS to highlight the marketing possibilities of plastic envelopes, which are now available in metallic colours, a biodegradable range and bespoke designs.

Just for you

Brightly coloured journals
Brightly coloured journals

Nu: Notebooks launched a new range of stylish journals, the Nu: Journal range. With the brightly coloured Spectrum range and the more natural Linen range, there is now a journal to suit all tastes. A new personalisation service lets users create a bespoke journal or notebook by adding a message or logo to the cover – a great option for gifting.

A taste of Brazil

Brazilian brand Otima used the show to introduce its stylish stationery products to the UK market. Its product portfolio includes planners, sticky notes, journals, notebooks, organiser boxes, clipboards, deskpads & notepads, pencil cases, card & envelope sets and desktop accessories. Its new Noir collection features 50 stationery items in an elegant black design with gold hyphen, pinstripe and quill details.

Cable-free labelling

Wireless LabelWriter
Wireless LabelWriter

Front and centre on Dymo’s stand was its new wireless label printer. The LabelWriter Wireless can print labels directly from PCs, smartphones and tablets over WiFi. The device uses direct thermal print technology, removing the need for ink or toner. Users can design and print labels using free Dymo Label Software for Mac and PC or the free DYMO Connect mobile app for smartphones and tablets.

Make your mark

Artline launched the Supreme collection of markers and pens for the home and office. The range includes permanent markers, UV permanent markers, metallic markers, whiteboard markers, highlighter pens, brush markers, fine liners and colouring pens. Products come in a variety of colours, with a choice of 10 colours for whiteboard pens; 15 for permanent markers; five for UV markers, which glow under UV light; seven for metallic markers; and 30 for fine liners.

Imperfect beauty

Floral designed notebooks
Floral designed notebooks

Castelli was showing its new Eden and Wabi Sabi collections. The Eden Collection includes notebooks and diaries in three floral designs – verde, giallo and viola. These are also featured on the page edges. The Wabi Sabi Collection is named after the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection and inspired by ‘kintsugi’, the practice of repairing broken pottery with gold. The three designs, stone grey, baked clay and terracotta, are enlivened by gold cracks and gold page edges.

Green notebooks

Dingbats*is an eco-friendly notebook brand that uses biodegradable, FSC-certified paper and vegan, recyclable covers. Its signature Wildlife Collection features PU leather covers; cream coloured, 100 gsm coated, acid-free paper; a lay flat design; and an inner pocket, bookmark, elastic closure and pen holder. Each notebook is debossed with an animal on its cover (elephant, deer, whale, tiger, kangaroo, bear, duck). Dingbats* also presented its new Earth Collection featuring a debossed representation of different regions, including The Serengeti National Park, The Yasuni National Park and The Great Barrier Reef. The end-sheets of each notebook have an infographic spread about the endangered region to help raise awareness.

Pretty pastels

Zebra Pen had plenty of new pens for visitors to try on its stand. The Sarasa Clip gel ink pen is a twist on the original Sarasa gel pen, with a new sprung binder clip. Its ink is smooth, waterproof and available in a wide range of colours, including a modish ‘Milky’ range of pastel shades. Embracing the metallic trend, was the new Z-Grip Rose Gold, a ballpoint pen with smooth black ink and a shiny rose gold exterior. Another stand-out product was the Kirarich highlighter, which has glitter running through the liquid ink and is available in pink, yellow, green, blue and violet.

Military chic

One of the Camouflage Collection pens
One of the Camouflage Collection pens

Montegrappa showcased a number of its latest luxury pens including the Blazer, inspired by the Blue Blazer cocktail. The steel pen, available as fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint, has been torched with fire to give it a unique, iridescent pattern. Each pen comes with a Blazer tankard, traditionally used to prepare the drink. Also on show was the Camouflage Collection, a pen with an earth-tone camouflage pattern and brushed bronze-plated trim. Every Camouflage pen is supplied in a tin field box, resembling a medic’s first aid kit, which also includes dog tags and a special key-ring bearing a ‘military’ target.

Modular desk tidy

Batch.Works, one of the winners of the Launchpad competition to find new stationery designers, previewed its modular desk organising system, HEX. With hexagonal solid wood pieces and 3D printed magnetic accessories in a variety of colours, HEX can be customised to create a tidy and stylish workspace.

Metallic makeover

Maped Helix showcased its new metallic products. The traditional Oxford maths set has had a makeover and is now available in two metallic finishes, silver and rose gold. Stored in an embossed metal tin, the set includes an eraser, ruler, protractor and compass and comes with a matching Oxford ballpoint pen. Also in the Oxford Metallics range is the Oxford Premium Writing Set, with a fountain pen, rollerball pen and ballpoint pen stored in a stylish metallic tin

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